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The UWCSEA Annual Report provides information on the UWCSEA learning programme and operations for the 2017/2018 school year.
Anna Lord
Chair, UWCSEA Board of Governors

An Irish citizen, Anna moved to London after university to work as a banker at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. After a few years working for Goldman Sachs, she decided to leave the banking industry when her eldest daughter was born. Since 2002, she has had the privilege of spending most of her time raising her four children.

The family moved to Hong Kong in 2006 and relocated to Singapore in January 2009, when Emma joined one of the first Grade 1 classes at the Ang Mo Kio Campus of UWCSEA. Emma is now in High School, and has been joined by her brother William, who is in Middle School and Ciara and Alice who are both in the Junior School.

Anna and her husband Nick were attracted to UWCSEA by its reputation for marrying academic excellence and values-based education. They firmly believe in and are committed to the ethos of the school. Anna is actively engaged with their children's education, as well as with some of the school's global concerns, social and fundraising events. She enjoys working with the Board of Governors to ensure that UWCSEA can maintain its place as a premier international school. She has chaired the Audit, Finance and Engagement Committees, as well as having sat on the search committees to find our Head of College and Director of Finance.

In her free time, Anna enjoys good food and wine, photography, skiing, travel and working on her French.

Message from Anna Lord, Chair, UWCSEA Board of Governors
Anna Lord
Chair, UWCSEA Board of Governors

An Irish citizen, Anna moved to London after university to work as a banker at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. After a few years working for Goldman Sachs, she decided to leave the banking industry when her eldest daughter was born. Since 2002, she has had the privilege of spending most of her time raising her four children.

The family moved to Hong Kong in 2006 and relocated to Singapore in January 2009, when Emma joined one of the first Grade 1 classes at the Ang Mo Kio Campus of UWCSEA. Emma is now in High School, and has been joined by her brother William, who is in Middle School and Ciara and Alice who are both in the Junior School.

Anna and her husband Nick were attracted to UWCSEA by its reputation for marrying academic excellence and values-based education. They firmly believe in and are committed to the ethos of the school. Anna is actively engaged with their children's education, as well as with some of the school's global concerns, social and fundraising events. She enjoys working with the Board of Governors to ensure that UWCSEA can maintain its place as a premier international school. She has chaired the Audit, Finance and Engagement Committees, as well as having sat on the search committees to find our Head of College and Director of Finance.

In her free time, Anna enjoys good food and wine, photography, skiing, travel and working on her French.


Holistic Learning Programme, Leadership, Teaching and Learning
Message from Anna Lord, Chair, UWCSEA Board of Governors 
Anna Lord
Chair, UWCSEA Board of Governors

An Irish citizen, Anna moved to London after university to work as a banker at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. After a few years working for Goldman Sachs, she decided to leave the banking industry when her eldest daughter was born. Since 2002, she has had the privilege of spending most of her time raising her four children.

The family moved to Hong Kong in 2006 and relocated to Singapore in January 2009, when Emma joined one of the first Grade 1 classes at the Ang Mo Kio Campus of UWCSEA. Emma is now in High School, and has been joined by her brother William, who is in Middle School and Ciara and Alice who are both in the Junior School.

Anna and her husband Nick were attracted to UWCSEA by its reputation for marrying academic excellence and values-based education. They firmly believe in and are committed to the ethos of the school. Anna is actively engaged with their children's education, as well as with some of the school's global concerns, social and fundraising events. She enjoys working with the Board of Governors to ensure that UWCSEA can maintain its place as a premier international school. She has chaired the Audit, Finance and Engagement Committees, as well as having sat on the search committees to find our Head of College and Director of Finance.

In her free time, Anna enjoys good food and wine, photography, skiing, travel and working on her French.


Holistic Learning Programme, Leadership, Teaching and Learning
Research about preadolescent readers listening to audiobooks 
Sue Toms
Secondary Teacher Librarian, East Campus

Sue Toms is Secondary Teacher Librarian at UWCSEA East. Previously she has worked at international schools in Nepal, China, Tanzania and South Korea. Sue earned her Doctorate of Education degree from the University of New England, Australia and her Masters of Education (Teacher Librarianship) from Charles Sturt University, Australia. Sue can be contacted via email at sjt@uwcsea.edu.sg

 

Holistic Learning Programme, Teaching and Learning, Technology
Interviews with seasoned journalists highlight challenges in the profession 
Ananya Sengutpa
Student, East Campus

Ananya Sengupta is a High School student at East Campus.


Opinion
East Campus Design Technology Labs 
John Zobrist
Head of Design & Technology

School Infrastructure, Teaching and Learning, Technology
Why UWCSEA's Home Languages Programme is in line with our mission... 
Margaret Chhoa-Howard
Primary EAL Coordinator, Dover Campus

Margaret Chhoa-Howard established the Primary School English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme on Dover Campus in 2016, following a number of years specialising in the Learning Support Department at the College. This is her second stint in UWCSEA Dover's Primary School, having also taught EAL and LS in international schools in Saudi Arabia, Holland, Beijing and Qatar.


Teaching and Learning
The first ever sporting regatta between United World Colleges 
Ian Tymms
Middle School Head of English

Ian Tymms, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, M.Ed joined UWCSEA in August 2012 to teach Middle School English and Humanities. He has been involved in the UWCSEA Curriculum Articulation Project and in the adoption of the “Workshop” approach to teaching literacy in the Middle School at East.

Ian grew up in Australia and studied English literature and Psychology at Melbourne University, with postgraduate studies at The University of Tasmania and Deakin University. Ian’s Masters research focussed on school cultures.

At the end of Grade 12, Ian was offered a scholarship to complete a 32 day Outward Bound course and he went on to work for Outward Bound Australia as an instructor. From this experience, Ian has retained a lifelong interest in Outdoor Education and Hahnian ideals. Ian has a passion for sailing and spends many of his holidays hiking in Austria or Australia with his wife, Sharon, and their two children.


Making a Difference Locally 
Sinéad Collins
Director of Communications and College Affairs

Holistic Learning Programme, Leadership, Sustainability, Teaching and Learning, UWC
On why we have no choice 
Chris Edwards
Head of College

Chris Edwards, Head of College, joined UWCSEA in 2014. Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool UK, he went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 1983 where he later gained a First Class Degree and became a Postmaster (nothing to do with envelopes) at one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, Merton.

Chris then set about travelling the world for two years, paying his way by playing piano, washing dishes and picking no end of fruit. He subsequently began a teaching career that in its first ten years saw him in Australia, South East Asia, Brazil (where he became enamoured of the IB) and the UK. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy and later Acting Head of Stowe School in the UK. 2004 saw Chris become Head of Bromsgrove, one of the UK’s largest independent schools which, during his tenure, established a Foundation, widened its access to young people from all social backgrounds and eventually comprised of a student body from forty three different nations. However, after the happiest of decades in such a forward looking environment, Chris found the lure of UWCSEA’s educational ethos and ambition simply too great. Indeed, philosophically, he believes he has come home.

Chris has an unwavering commitment to and passion for the values-based approach to education that is at the core of the UWC movement and UWCSEA. His career has been driven by a belief in the power of education to transform lives and a belief in the good of young people that mirrors that of our founder, Kurt Hahn.

A lover of music, literature and Everton football club, Chris is passionate about promoting global understanding among young people, and his own love of travel is undiminished. Chris now sits on a number of educational committees but still derives immense pleasure from making constructive mischief in the face of pomposity, parochialism and arrogance. Indeed, some of his articles have appeared under pseudonyms for fear of public uproar. He would have it no other way.

 


Leadership, Opinion, UWC
The evolution of a student-led sustainability initiative 
Nathan Hunt
Director of Sustainability

Nathan Hunt is Director of Sustainability at UWCSEA, a post recently created to help align to the College's Learning Programme and operations more closely with the UWC mission. Alongside this, he is the Environmental Stewardship Coordinator on Dover Campus and teaches the IB Diploma Environmental Systems and Societies course.

Until 2016 Nathan was Head of the IB Theory of Knowledge course at Dover Campus.


Sustainability
Understanding the impact of Outdoor Education at UWCSEA 
Dr Christopher Wolsko
Associate Professor of Psychology Oregon State University - Cascades
Christopher Wolsko Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University –Cascades, in Bend. Prior to his position with OSU, he served on the faculty of the University of Oregon, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Ohio State University. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in Social Psychology. After spending the early part of his career studying issues of stereotyping and prejudice, Dr. Wolsko has focused on the sociocultural construction of mental and behavioral health, and on research questions central to ecopsychology – especially as they stem from understanding complex cultural patterns of connection and disconnection between humans and the non-human animate world.

Credentials
Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A. Social Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder

B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
 
Courses
Social
Cultural
Personality
Conservation
Religion & Spirituality
Stereotyping & Prejudice
Advanced Social Research Methods

Research
Ecopsychology
Self, identity, and social comparison
Stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations
Sociocultural construction of mental and behavioral health

Dr Michael Gassner
Program Lead - Tourism and Outdoor Leadership, Oregon State University Cascades; Honorary Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong

Michael Gassner is a Senior Instructor and the Program Lead of the Tourism and Outdoor Leadership (TOL) programme at Oregon State University-Cascades and Honorary Assistant Professor with the University of Hong KongHe teaches courses in outdoor and adventure education, experiential education, and risk management.  He has been involved with outdoor adventure education programs for over 15 years and has lived and worked in the U.S.A., Sabah, East Malaysia and Hong Kong as well as travelled extensively in Asia and Southeast Asia.

The TOL program partners with UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore to provide research and internship opportunities for TOL students. UWCSEA is participating in a seven-year study to evaluate the outdoor education program's impact on overall student learning and development. The study is being conducted in partnership with faculty researchers Dr. Christopher Wolsko, also at Oregon State University-Cascades.

He has a Ph.D. in Education (Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies) with an emphasis in outdoor education and a minor in international education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Master of Science in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato.


Holistic Learning Programme, Research
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